Inspector general to testify about report on FBI’s Russia probe

by Editorial Team

The internal watchdog for the Justice Department will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to testify about the findings of his report on the launch of the Russia investigation during the 2016 presidential election.

Michael Horowitz’s 476-page report released Monday found that the opening of the probe into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia was in “compliance with Department [of Justice] and FBI policies, and we did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced” the decision.

It also determined that the FBI had an “authorized purpose” to seek court approval to monitor former Trump campaign aide Carter Page because of his ties to Russia.

But the report also faulted the FBI for not verifying the allegations against Page that were included in the “Steele Dossier” — a document compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele that contained unsubstantiated allegations about Donald Trump and the campaign.

Attorney General William Barr disagreed with many of Horowitz’s findings.

Barr said Tuesday that the FBI may have acted in “bad faith.”

“I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press,” Barr said.

“I think there were gross abuses … and inexplicable behavior that is intolerable in the FBI. I think that leaves open the possibility that there was bad faith.”

President Trump also lashed out at FBI Director Christopher Wray, who supported the IG’s report and said he would take “remedial action” to ensure any mistakes would not be repeated.

“I don’t know what report current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn’t the one given to me,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!”


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